the Alaska ferry has finally put out their summer schedule. not real pretty.
there are only 5 sailings northbound out of Bellingham,Washington in June and only 4 in July. even less pretty- the fares are up. WAY up. example:
Bellingham to Haines(end of the line for the Inside Passage):$350
i had mentioned for anyone that for anyone not wanting to step onto Canadian soil, there is a Cross-Gulf trip. turns out that in June and July there will only be ONE trip per month. sadly, not cheap.
Bellingham to Whittier(near Anchorage): $550
if still wanting to check out the summer schedule, here is the website for the Alaska Marine Highway: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.html
a slightly cheaper way used to be hitching all the way to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC and taking the ferry to Prince Rupert BC and then hook up with the Alaska Ferry there. but this is not really a cheaper way any more. web site for BC Ferries: http://www.bcferries.com
it appears the most economical way to Alaska is simple: hitch.
hope this helps